Ajahn Vayama and Venerable Seri completed their first Vassa, Rains retreat, at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage this year. On Friday, 28th October 2011, we conducted a small End of Rains Ceremony in the afternoon to mark the completion of the Vassa.
We started the first End of Rains Ceremony with refuges and precepts. Jacky Lambert and Dinithi Caldera offered the robe material representing the community of supporters of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage.
Venerable Seri led the chanting of Paritta, Protective Blessings, to all our supporters and to all beings. As it was Ajahn Vayama’s birthday, we also chanted a special blessing for her. After that Venerable Seri led a metta meditation. At the end of the meditation we directed our metta and good wishes to Ajahn Vayama for her health, peace and for the attainment of Nibbana!
We finished the afternoon with a celebration of Ajahn Vayama’s birthday.
By Venerable Bhikkhuni Seri